Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Civil War Soldier – Who Are They?

WALKER COUNTY, GA – The American Civil War is the most widely written and discussed topic in American history. Details pertaining battles are reviewed; political figures and their policies are examined and debated; military figures are studied to find the defects or geniuses of their engagements. However, the common solider is overlooked and rarely discussed. On February 28, 2015 at 6 P.M. at the Walker County Civic Center the Georgia Civil War Commission will present an educational symposium entitled The Civil War Soldiers - Who Are They? Notable historians will discuss the aspect that the War was not just a "white man's war" but that both armies consisted of a conglomerate of different people from different walks of life.  This event is free and open to the public.

The Georgia Civil War Commission has arranged many distinguished and prominent historians that can delve into the subject of "Who are the Civil War soldiers?" Those speakers include Earl Ijames, who is the African American and Community Curator of the North Carolina Museum of History; Teresa Roane who currently is the Archivist of the United Daughters of the Confederacy; Charles Kelly Barrow who is not only a Commissioner but also author of Black Confederates and Black Southerners in Confederate Armies; Brad Quinlin who is a renowned genealogist and researcher for many of the Confederate and National Cemeteries around Georgia; Lewis Regenstein who a regular contributor about Jewish Confederates to periodicals; John Carroll who is not only a Commissioner but also a historian; Greg Eanes who is author of Virginia's Black Confederates; and James Yancey who is a Commissioner and former archivist of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library.

For more information, contact Cassie Barrow at or 770.468.4313.

About Georgia Civil War Commission

The Georgia Civil War Commission was created by the 1993 Georgia General Assembly. Its mandate, as spelled out in Senate Resolution 21, is to coordinate planning, preservation, and promotion of structures, buildings, sites, and battlefields associated with this significant period of our common heritage. The Commission is to develop a State of Georgia Civil War Sites Heritage plan. The plan will promote heritage tourism and provide incentives to local landowners and local governments to preserve Civil War battlefields and historic sites. The Commission is to acquire or provide funds for the acquisition of Civil War battlefields, cemeteries, and other historic properties. The Commission can receive and accept loans, gifts, grants, donations or contributions of property.

Cassie A. Barrow,
Chief of Staff
Georgia Civil War Commission